Put bluntly he told US sailing that the US Olympic program lacked
Career Opportunities for Olympic Athletes
A pipeline of motivated youth sailors
Coaches who were winners
It was not well received.
So we have gone back to "building" our Olympic program, from the basement on down.
But back on topic.
The USA does not know how to recruit, build and put together a successful Olympic team. They hired someone who did know, but they fired him when he told them a few unpopular home truths.
Participation is front and center in both event and equipment selection.
The existing Regulation 21.3.2 of World Sailing as amended October 2022 provides that
The Olympic Events and Equipment taken together shall meet the requirements and objectives of the IOC and to:
(d) be attractive and...
There are 8 other slots in sailing Olympics. Have at it. When one of those classes comes close to the participation levels of the Laser, then lets talk about replacing the Laser.
In the meantime, don't try and fix the only Olympic class that ain't broke.